Younus & Co to tour Swat for charity after Lanka tour

Updated: 28 June 2009 12:36 IST

Pakistan captain Younus Khan said he and his teammates would keep their promise and visit Swat valley to distribute money among people of Taliban.

Younus & Co to tour Swat for charity after Lanka tour

Karachi:

Pakistan captain Younus Khan said he and his teammates would keep their promise and visit Swat valley after their Sri Lanka tour to distribute money among the people displaced from the region owing to the Taliban conflict.

"There could be no greater happiness for all of us than to see smiles return on the faces of the people in Swat," Younus said before leaving for Sri Lanka.

Even though many in the media have questioned the players' commitment to the people of Swat, Younus said he would ask each player to contribute to the fund.

"I am not going to force anyone to do this or do that. Every player will make his own decision and we will visit Swat valley after returning from Sri Lanka to hand over the promised help," said Younus, who himself belongs to Mardan in the northwest frontier province which has been the worst affected by the Taliban conflict.

Since winning the World Twenty20 in England, the Pakistani players have been showered with cash prizes from all quarters, including special bonuses announced by President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani and the Pakistan Cricket Board.

According to rough estimates, each player is expected to be richer by around five million rupees and more after taking into count all the earnings and cash awards from winning the tournament.

Topics : Cricket Younis Khan Ijaz Butt
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